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  1. Photo of the Day: TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? TK-421, do you copy?

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Ever notice in the “Star Wars” movies that the Stormtroopers never can actually hit anything? Really, they fire and fire, but they rarely if ever actually hit the target. No reason.

  2. Johnny Damon steals his 400th base

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Wakefield, Rivera, Damon … anyone on the Orioles or Jays hit a round number? Any other milestones to report in the AL East? Johnny Damon stole his 400th base in last night’s O’s-Rays game. That, combined with his 229 career homers, made him the ninth player in Major League history to reach the 200/400 club.  He…

  3. Mariano Rivera gets his 600th save

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    On the same night Tim Wakefield got his 200th win, Mariano Rivera got his 600th save.  As Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe observed last night, I guess that’s evidence that having a second pitch is overrated. It was a usual night’s work for Rivera. A one run lead, an overmatched offense, and — while…

  4. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 4, Rays 2; Red Sox 18, Blue Jays 6:  Tampa Bay, you’re not adhering to the narrative. We all decided that you’d put the pressure on the Red Sox until Boston was literally burning and being looted with panic.  And you, Boston: you’re supposed to lose these games to Toronto due to trotting out…

  5. Matt Holliday leaves game with hand injury

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    The Cardinals beat the Pirates 6-4 tonight to stay within 4 1/2 games of the Braves in the Wild Card race, but they may have lost one of their big bats in the process. According to Matthew Leach of MLB.com, Matt Holliday left tonight’s game with an injury to his right hand. Holliday went 0-for-4…

  6. On his eighth try, Tim Wakefield finally gets his 200th win

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    After coming up empty-handed in his previous seven attempts, Tim Wakefield finally notched his 200th career victory in tonight’s 18-6 win over the Blue Jays. Wakefield, who won his first game in 1992 as a member of the Pirates, is the 111th pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone. Wakefield wasn’t exactly at…

  7. Russell Martin returns to Yankees’ lineup after thumb injury

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Russell Martin hits a single to center in game against the Twins in Minneapolis

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Russell Martin is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Mariners. Martin hasn’t played since taking a foul tip of his right thumb during Saturday’s game. X-rays came back negative, but because of Francisco Cervelli‘s concussion, the Yankees were forced to…

  8. MRI on Coco Crisp’s foot comes back negative

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    Coco Crisp is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game tonight due to lingering soreness in his right foot and ankle. The speedy outfielder has appeared in just two games since fouling a ball off his foot on September 3. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle at least brings some positive news,…

  9. David Ortiz exits game with back spasms

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    Here’s some potentially bad news for the reeling Red Sox. Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal reports that David Ortiz left tonight’s game against the Blue Jays due to back spasms. Ortiz was in the original starting lineup as the designated hitter, but Jed Lowrie pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the first inning.…

  10. The Rangers are considering moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are considering moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen for the rest of the regular season and a potential playoff run. The recent struggles of relievers Yoshinori Tateyama and Koji Uehara are forcing the Rangers’ hand, but Ogando has seemingly hit the wall as…

  11. Yankees prospect Dante Bichette Jr. is the Gulf Coast League MVP

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    Many thought Dante Bichette Jr. was an overdraft when the Yankees made him the 51st overall selection this year, but he was a big early success for the Bombers and he was rewarded Tuesday by being named the Gulf Coast League MVP. Bichette, an 18-year-old third baseman, hit .342/.446/.505 with three homers and 47 RBI in…

  12. Ozzie Guillen gives himself a ‘Z’

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Asked by CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien what kind of grade he deserves for the season, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen responded, “Z for Zorro. I don’t think I did a good job.” That’s probably overly harsh, given that he’s pretty much had his hands tied with having to play three of the game’s worst regulars…

  13. Marlins released Mike Cameron for conduct detrimental

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    The Marlins’ decision to release Mike Cameron with 2 1/2 weeks left in the season seemed awfully odd, particularly with Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison banged up.  But they obviously had their reasons.  Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel reports that the center fielder was let go for conduct detrimental to the team. No…

  14. Rangers activate Nelson Cruz but hold him out of lineup

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The Rangers activated Nelson Cruz after a minimum 15-day stay on the disabled list Tuesday, but it’s safe to say they wouldn’t have done so if not for the September 40-man rosters. Manager Ron Washington made it clear to the Dallas Morning News that Cruz’s hamstring isn’t yet 100 percent, and he’s expected to be limited…

  15. Manny Ramirez released on bail after battery charge

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    After spending Monday night in the Broward County Jail, Manny Ramirez was released on $2,500 bail Tuesday. He declined to speak about the incident that left wife Juliana with a swollen face and a bruise on the back of her head as he left the jail alone. “No thanks,” Ramirez said when asked for comment. “Let me…

  16. So when will all of the European baseball players arrive?

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    European Flag

    This is essentially a must-click link, though I offer it with the caveat that it is an ESPN Insider piece, so many of you won’t be able to click it.  My antipathy toward paywalls aside — and notwithstanding the fact that ESPN’s fortunes do not benefit me whatsoever — I believe that Insider subscription is…

  17. Josh Beckett will start for the Red Sox on Thursday or Friday

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett missed his last turn in the Red Sox’s rotation with a sprained ankle suffered on September 5, but manager Terry Francona announced this afternoon that he’s slated to start Thursday or Friday. Beckett threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems, but Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that whether he returns Thursday…

  18. Bobby Jenks diagnosed with pulmonary embolism

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    In the midst of having his injured back reexamined, right-hander Bobby Jenks was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (an arterial blockage in the lung), the Red Sox announced Tuesday. Jenks was already expected to have season-ending back surgery.  That figures to be delayed because of the embolism treatment, which will probably involve blood thinners.  Manager Terry Francona…

  19. Dusty Baker doesn’t expect Scott Rolen to play again this year

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Scott Rolen has been out since mid-July following shoulder surgery and manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t expect the veteran third baseman to play again this season. Rolen was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable and as recently as August 29 expressed optimism about being close to…

  20. The Pirates pull out of Venezuela

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Venezuela flag

    I wonder if this is something that extends beyond the Pirates and will have implications for other teams as well: The Pirates have notified their Venezuelan academy that the organization will be terminating its lease and no longer participating in the six-team Venezuelan Summer League. Though the Pirates have not commented publicly on the situation, the…

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